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Earn your graduate level biblical theology or strategic leadership degree

North Central University features two distinct Master of Arts graduate programs to choose from: biblical theology and strategic leadership.

  • The online Master of Arts in Biblical Theology program will equip you with a deep Scriptural understanding necessary for your success in churches, academics, or further graduate studies.
  • The online Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership program will prepare you for leadership roles in businesses, churches, and other organizations. You’ll be able to choose from one of three specialized graduate degree tracks in addition to the main Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership offering.

Regardless of which graduate degree you choose, you will interact with experts and develop skills that will propel you to the next level of your career and calling.

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Graduate degrees available at North Central University

Why earn a graduate degree at North Central?

A Flexible format for your busy schedule

The online Strategic Leadership Degree is 30 credits and is designed to be finished in 10 courses, allowing you to start and finish quickly and efficiently. All required courses are offered every academic year so you can move through the program on a schedule that works for you.

The online Biblical Theology degree is 36 credits and is also offered in a convenient, fully online format to be completed in 12 courses. The program will become available in the Fall 2021 semester but applications are open now!

Learn more about our graduate program in the 2020-2021 Graduate Studies Catalog and apply to enroll for Spring 2021 online courses, beginning January 13 and March 10th.


Both our M.A. in Strategic Leadership and M.A. in Biblical Theology are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

North Central University is also a participating institution in NC-SARA, the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

The College of Graduate and Professional Education is a member of the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS).

What sets us apart

The proof is in the people

Masters degree in strategic leadership
Master's in Strategic Leadership degree at NCU gives pastor new approach to ministry

Christopher Vincent ’00, is a lead pastor overseeing a growing church plant, and he has a wife and five children. On December 9, he also completed his Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership at NCU.

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Christopher Vincent ’00 knows what busy is. The lead pastor at The Bridge Church in Nowthen, Minn., oversees a growing church plant, has a wife and five children, and on December 9, completed his Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership at North Central University.

The ceremonial hooding for the master’s degree candidate was a meaningful close to his graduate studies, although it’s the work he did in the program that makes Vincent especially proud. He said the highlight of the MASL program was his senior capstone project, for which he wrote a book on church planting. “As a church growth fanatic not finding much in the context of rural churches,” Vincent noted, “I was able to produce something from my research and experience. Writing a book was challenging and fulfilling.”

Beyond the book or academic papers, Vincent found the MASL program to be practical and readily applicable to his work. “The degree helped me utilize new project approaches, see people through Christ’s eyes, and learn ethics on a whole new level,” Vincent said. His coursework even inspired him to restructure his staff meetings.

Through the program and with the help of his graduate advisor, Vincent has accomplished a lifelong dream. After celebrating his graduation milestone with his biggest cheerleaders—his family—he is eager to continue his leadership journey. “The degree was not a ‘stepping stone,’ per se, but rather a honing of my skills to help me lead where I am planted.”

Faculty spotlight: Dean LaToya Burrell

Meet LaToya Burrell, J.D., M.B.A., the Dean of Graduate Education and Accreditation at North Central University.

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  • Juris Doctorate, Southern University Law Center
  • Master of Business Administration, Metropolitan State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Northwestern State University


  • Licensed Attorney, Louisiana and Minnesota
  • Moot Court Board, Southern University Law Center
  • The Journal of Race, Gender & Poverty Publication, Southern University Law Center
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association Mock trial team, Southern University Law Center


LaToya Jones Burrell joined our faculty at North Central University in 2015. As of June 2020, she also serves as Dean of Graduate Education and Accreditation. She attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Business Administration. She went on to earn her law degree, graduating in the top of her class, from Southern University Law Center. During law school, she was involved in several organizations, including the Moot Court Board, the Journal of Race, Gender & Poverty, and the American Trial Lawyers Association’s Mock trial team. She has practiced law for several years and is licensed to practice law in both Louisiana and Minnesota. Her practice areas have included bankruptcy, personal injury, workers compensation, mass torts, and complex litigation.

Professor Burrell also earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration, where she earned a perfect 4.0 and received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. She has served as an Academic Counselor and Adjunct Professor of Law at Southern University Law Center. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and at Hamline University in the Legal Studies Department. Additionally, she has served as a Career Strategist at the University of St. Thomas, School of Law. She has a passion for teaching, coaching, and mentoring others.

LaToya is married to Gregory and has two sons, Grayson and Garrison. She lives in Minneapolis, MN and loves spending time with her family.

  • Value and Affordability


    Our graduate courses provide a value-driven approach to leadership education that will develop the skills necessary to lead organizations effectively while focusing on the personal formation and interpersonal skills of the leader.


    Our graduate program has the lowest cost (overall per credit) for a program of our type in the Twin Cities.

    Remaining one of the most affordable Christian colleges is something we strive for. Plus, we understand that no one wants to shoulder the financial burden of furthering their education alone. We offer a no-interest monthly payment plan (the Ram Plan) that breaks up the cost of obtaining your degree into smaller, more manageable pieces.

    Discounts are available for Assemblies of God and Pentecostal Family Credentialed Ministers, full-time Assemblies of God church employees, full-time NCU employees, and NCU alumni.

    Many employers also offer tuition reimbursement for employees pursuing graduate degrees.

  • Convenience

    We understand the value that a graduate degree can have for your career and your life. We also understand how valuable your time and resources are. Our program is tailored to benefit you in a number of ways:

    • Evening classes to fit comfortably with your daily schedule
    • Fast-track options for obtaining your degree quicker (1, 2, and 3-year options)
    • Classes offered fully online
  • Practical Teaching

    Our graduate faculty are experts in their fields and highly-experienced professionals in a variety of areas. They teach practical, applicable skills based on real-world scenarios, preparing you to meet the challenges of leadership head-on.

    Learn more about our graduate faculty.

  • 4+1 Program

    Our undergraduate degrees are designed to feed directly into our M.A. in Strategic Leadership program and tracks, so after you earn your B.A. you can earn a master’s degree with one-two additional years of education.

    Learn more about the 4+1 program.

Frequently Ask Questions

Yes. North Central University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our Social Work program at North Central is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

No. North Central University is a verified 501c3 non-profit university.

Yes. North Central University was founded in 1930 and we have called downtown Minneapolis our home ever since. We proudly prepare students for global leadership and ministry through top-quality academic programs, a spirit-empowered community, and an exciting downtown Minneapolis campus. The most recent data indicates that 94% of respondents had obtained employment within 6 months after graduation.